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Flight Plan: Flying Right Along

The Philadelphia Flyers won two of four games last week and gained points in three, as they climbed back into second place in the Metropolitan Division. The team is now fifth place in the Eastern Conference, by virtue of fewer games played, with 55 points. The importance of gaining points now is important not only to attempt to entrench themselves in one of the top three spots in the Metropolitan, but also to put distance between those teams who are vying for the wild card positions in the Conference. Despite a disappointing loss to the New York Rangers, the Flyers …

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Fake Hockey Help: Star goalies return, Horton and Doan return to action

Although it might be considered the year of the backup netminder, a lot of franchise goaltenders returned to action this week. The group of Corey Crawford, Jonathan Quick, and Jimmy Howard all made their way back to the blue paint. How does this impact your fantasy team? In Chicago and Los Angeles, both Crawford and Quick are back in action. Since both players are owned in 100 percent of ESPN leagues, it’s not a matter of picking them up, but if it’s worth keeping their backups. For Crawford, his numbers haven’t been the best, but he will definitely be the …

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Flight Plan: Back-to-Back Home-and-Homes

The Philadelphia Flyers went 1-1-1 last week with a disappointing loss to the Ottawa Senators in the shootout, an embarrassing 7-0 loss to end their six-game road trip a the hands of the Chicago Blackhawks, and an impressive 2-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens. The win was another game in which the Flyers scored just two goals. They have now scored two or fewer goals in 24 of their 32 total contests. In order to win games by scoring just two goals, you rely heavily on your goaltender to be outstanding, and Steve Mason has been just that for his …

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Metropolitan Division Preview: Columbus Blue Jackets

The Columbus Blue Jackets are the oddest team of the bunch to join the Philadelphia Flyers and the other former Atlantic Division castoffs in the Metropolitan Division. They’ve had a mostly miserable existence in the Western Conference, getting picked on by teams like the Detroit Red Wings (who are in the NEW Atlantic Division — is this confusing enough for you?) and the Chicago Blackhawks. The Blue Jackets made a nice push for the playoffs last year, but came up a few points short. Oddly enough, they already have some division ties between a couple of major trades with the …

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Then and Now: Sean O’Donnell

After he finished his second stint with the Los Angeles Kings in 2010, defenseman Sean O’Donnell joined the Philadelphia Flyers after two seasons with the Western Conference squad that introduced him to the NHL in 1994-1995. With a one-year deal that had a cap hit of $1.3 million, O’Donnell served as a third-pairing blue liner for the Orange and Black. After he totaled three goals in 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 with the Kings, O’Donnell had one goal in a Philadelphia Flyers’ sweater. It came in the third period of Philly’s 7-5 loss to the Boston Bruins on January 13th, 2011. O’Donnell …

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